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Derby town guide

Derby is now a multi-cultural city bursting with attractions, parks, shops and entertainment. The Cathedral Tower is the highlight of derby's skyline. Derby has always been an important railway centre, standing as it does at the junction of a number of routes. Railway equipment manufacture remains important to the town as is its connection with Rolls Royce Aero Engines.

Royal Crown Derby (china wear) is the city's oldest factory and now offers factory tours and discounted china bargains. Continuing the Industrial Heritage theme, the Derwent Valley Mils are a World Heritage site and well worth visiting.

Enjoy traffic-free shopping at the Eagle Centre,and further shopping at the Market place and various farmer's markets.

Car Races take place at nearby Castle Donnington Race Track. Here you can also see the world's largest collection of Grand Prix cars. The Race Track and Exhibition are situated close to East Midlands Airport.

Many National Trust and other historic properties such as Chatsworth House, Hadden Hall and Hardwick Hall are easily reached by road from Derby, so why not hire a car and visit one. Derby is the gateway to the National Forest on the southern border of Derbyshire and the Peak District. See the villages where "Peak Practice" was filmed.

It has long been a tradition in Peak District villages to welcome the warmer weather with a Well Dressing - floral decoration of the village well and much more besides, a delightful experience for resident and visitor alike.

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